TV tonight: Sunday Night Football and Homeland

Carrie and Brody cover for each other on Homeland.
Photo: Showtime

WASHINGTON, December 9, 2012 - The Showtime series Homeland is winding down with only two episodes left this season. This critically acclaimed and multi Emmy winning drama is my favorite show on TV, by far. Even knowing the core values of each player, I am constantly surprised by the direction the characters on Homeland take with each new episode. This is one of the many reasons I love the show.

Last week Brody, (Brilliantly played by Damian Lewis) succeeded in helping the terrorist Abu Nazir kill the vice president undetected, presumably to save Carrie’s life. But Brody revealed a bit of a maniacal side when he was obviously pleased with himself as the V.P. died in his arms.

Throughout the development of two seasons of story lines there has always been a hint of a traitor within the inner circle of the CIA “handling” Brody. The writers have laid out the plot line so cleverly that other than Carrie (Claire Danes), any of the agents could be that traitor.

I know the show is leading up to a season-ending cliff hanger, but I have no idea what that may be. Some critics are saying the story line and sub-plots are too farfetched and unbelievable, and that may be true. However, given the formulaic and redundant nature of so many shows on TV, Homeland defies all the so-called conventions to keep the viewer guessing right up to the last second. No wonder it took home six Emmys and counting.

Tonight’s viewing:

All times are EST

8 p.m. 

ABC: Disney Prep & Landing: (Repeat) An elite unit of elves, Prep & Landing, ensures that homes around the world are properly prepared to be visited by Santa Claus each Christmas Eve.

CBS: Amazing Race: (New) With the $1 million dollar prize on the line, the final four teams race through France en route to the finish line in New York City, where they’ll encounter a terrifying Houdini-inspired Roadblock.

FOX: The Simpsons: (New) Wanting to cultivate a cooler image, Homer starts hanging out with his hip new neighbors from Portland, Ore., but Marge has some problems with their modern child-rearing methods and Bart catches on that their son, T-Rex, is a monster.

NBC: Sunday Night Football: Lions at Packers

8:30 p.m.

ABC: Disney Prep & Landing 2: Naughty vs. Nice: Lanny and Wayne race to recover classified North Pole technology that falls into the hands of a naughty kid.

FOX: Bob’s Burgers: (New) The family warns Bob that Gene’s girlfriend Courtney (guest voice David Wain) is totally annoying.

9 p.m.

ABC: Christmas With Holly: The owner of a toy store falls in love with a man who cares for his orphaned niece.

FOX: Family Guy: (New) Meg finally screws up the courage to ask out her crush, Kent, who unfortunately for her, turns out to be gay. But when she learns he’s taken a liking to Chris, Meg uses her brother to ingratiate herself with Kent.

SHOWTIME: Dexter: (New) Dexter tries to balance his life with Hannah and his relationship with Deb, and Deb follows up on an incriminating tip.

9:30 p.m.

FOX: American Dad: (New) The babysitter must cancel on the Smiths, so Stan and Francine reluctantly leave Steve with the legendarily irresponsible Hayley.

10 p.m.

CBS: The Mentalist: (New) The death of a young botanist leads the team into the lucrative world of medical marijuana.

SHOWTIME: Homeland: (New) The Brody family struggles to maintain their sanity, and Saul finds himself fighting for his career.

Basic cable:

New episodes of:

Sugar Dome at 8 p.m. on Food Channel

The Next Iron Chef at 9 p.m. on Food Channel

The Real Housewives of Atlanta at 9 p.m. on BRAVO

Volcano Time Bomb at 9 p.m. on DSC

Ax Men at 9 p.m. on History Channel

Drugs Inc at 9 p.m. on NGC

Sister Wives at 9 p.m. on TLC

Sturgis: Metal mania at 9 p.m. on Travel Channel

Restaurant Impossible at 10 p.m. on Food Channel

Bamazon at 10 p.m. on History Channel

Alaska State Troopers at 10 p.m. on NGC

Sin City Rules at 10 p.m. on TLC

For movie lovers:

8 p.m.

Miracle on 34th Street on AMC

Click on ENC

Sabrina on FLIX

Men of Honor on FMC

The Other Guys on FX

The Change-Up on HBO 

Lethal Weapon 2 on REELZ

WarGames on SUND

The Town on TNT

Titanic at 9 p.m. on HBO

Bringing Down the House at 9:50 p.m. on ENC

For further consideration:

Who is Black in America at 8 p.m. on CNN


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